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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 11, 2007 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

I'd been waiting many weeks to listen to the CD's Arbuthnot sent me, in a package along with a few other shows, of 10/10/76, the first show I ever saw, a show that, up until now, believe it or not, I'd never had the opportunity to hear since that day over 30 years ago. Actually, I've had plenty of opportunity to hear it since receiving his kind gift, but I had been waiting until an occasion I had chosen especially for it. And I gotta tell ya': that first gig I ever saw was a doozy! Simply an outright total mindfuck of a show! I know, now, because that occasion I had chosen to hear it finally took place today, and I listened to the show from start to finish.

A lot of debate has been bandied about here lately concerning what should or shouldn't be a topic of discussion on this forum. So just to let you know, this is all pretty much about me. I have developed friendships here with people who have requested that I inform them concerning my situation. If you're not interested, it would probably be best for you to read a different thread.

Many of you know about the bust last summer, but for those who don't and who happened to be interested, I unloaded the details in a conversation I was having with direwolf a couple of months ago:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=99346

Well, here's how things went down today. A hearing had been scheduled for this afternoon during which my lawyer was to argue a motion to suppress the State's evidence based on a violation of my Fourth Amendment rights. But my wife and I started getting frantic phone calls from him this morning telling us that the official lab report on the seized material had came in. Now, even though the cops ran us through eight or nine concentric circles of hell on the morning of the bust, saying they had found a variety of little baggies with crack in them, in reality the only things they actually actually confiscated were about two to three one-hits worth of weed and this other "thing," about which they made the catch-all claim that it field tested positive (FTP) for the presence of cocaine. And a marijuana charge had never even been filed. All along my wife had thought it might be possible that the FTP "thing" could very well have been a pill for back pain, still a controlled substance, but really nothing more than a glorified Excedrin.

And the lab report confirmed that.

A lot of phone calls this morning and a lot of scrambling around on the part of my wife while I was at work resulted in her being able to produce verification that she had a scrip for the goddamned thing. Hell, when she injured her back all those years ago, the guy who's been serving as my attorney actually helped load her into the ambulance. And he explained this to the State's Attorney today along with the specifics of the lab report.

So they played a little game of Let's Make A Deal. Don't anybody start hatin' on me for being hypocritical, because I know I've said time and again, the circumstances being what they were with the motherfuckin' cops entering our home in the middle of the night, making all kinds of outrageous claims of finding drugs, along with everything else that happened then and has happened since, that I would no way, no how ever take a plea on this thing. And even though that invasion of our home was as crooked as a dog's hind leg and as wrong as the day is long, I agreed to a plea of guilty to a Class C misdemeanor, possesion of less that 2.5 grams of cannabis, in exchange for everything else, including the parental neglect charges being dismissed. A fine, court costs, and whatever other bites out of my ass will be taken out of the $1,000 bond that was posted, and I'll end up getting about half of it back. No probation, no drug counseling, and none of that goddamned pissing in a jar while some asshole stands beside me in a rest room. The Class C misdemeanor has the same significance on my record as getting a ticket for allowing my dog to get loose. But most importantly, there is the dismissal of the neglect charges, and once the paperwork on that is filed, we will forward the information to an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Children and Family Services to get their noses out of our business as well.

In the final analysis, our lives were turned upside down and we went through a litany of humiliations and degradations because of goddamned pain pill. And because the local police are evil fucking bastards. Sure, it would have been nice if all of the criminal evidence had been tossed because of a bad faith search, but even if it had, there still would have been no guarantees about the neglect charge.

I don't know, but I've been told it's hard to run with the weight of gold. On the other hand, I've heard it said it's just as hard with the weight of lead.

It wasn't long after we got home today that I put on those amazing CD's I got in the mail from Arbuthnot all that time back, of a concert long so many years and lifetimes ago. Thank you, sir, for a real good time.

And there I was, headphones horseshoed over me, mentally immersed within the Oakland Coliseum. And smokin' weed like a motherfucker! It's good to be back to normal.

It's always something, though. I had to take a quick drive to the store between sets. And sure as shit, one of the tires was flat. Nowadays we have those crankshaft tire jacks, too, which take nearly forever to get the job done. I didn't mind, though. I feel like a new man after today. But it got me to thinking. Sometimes the break between sets seemed to take soooo long. And Heads could sometimes say the oddest things, too. I could easily imagine being at a show and saying, "Man, I wonder what's taking them so long to get back from the break," and someone replying, "They're probably changing a tire."

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Apr 12, 2007 3:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

glad all that crap is over for you! I will have to listen to 10/10/76 in your honor.

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Apr 11, 2007 11:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

It's quarter of three here & I'm up in 4 hours for a funeral...otherwise I'd be more verbose & likely as boisterous as I assure you I feel...yours has been, by far, the best news I've heard all day!

Hell yes!

...And while I hate to be one of those I-told-you-so fellas, but this seems an awful lot like that mustard seed faith we were talking about the other night...:)

Lee & I are happy for you, man. Congratulations!

You see, sometimes it is fun to make a DA, well, squeal like a pig.

Peace.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 11, 2007 9:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

Very Sweet, Bryan ... glad i am up late enough to have caught your excellent thread!! So perfectly stated, to give the reader the right amount of interest and feeling, just beautiful, really. And talk about coincidences, when i opened the thread, i was listening to the 2nd set of 10/09/76! Hey, not the same as what you had streaming into your brain in a haze of cannabis, but very close nonetheless, and what a great often underappreciated year for GD shows. Glad for your eventual victory over the local police force, seriously, real glad that it all worked out, even though you no doubt had a headache through the whole affair, and possibly even harbour some resentment and frustration at the impossibility of banging your head up against the proverbial brick wall. Methinks, however, in that package of shows i sent you, there may be a disk missing ... let me know, or let me know what others you are keen on hearing, 'cus i'll poke around for ya ... cheers!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 12, 2007 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

I really don't think anything was missing, Arbuthnot, because I'm fairly certain I've made thorough listenings through the rest of the discs, but I'll check to make sure later today after I get home from work.

And you'd been listening to the previous day's show. It never ceases to amaze me how much psychic intrplay is taking place within our little community here.

The Grateful Dead really had a winning game plan that weekend. They were normally accustomed to taking the stage in the evening, sometimes even waiting 'til the midnight hour, their rockin', rollin' music meeting the rising, shining sun. Okay, that would probably only describe a New Year's show. The point is that they started those shows with The Who in '76 at 11:00 o'clock in the morning. And they were brilliant. It makes me think that maybe Uncle Bobo gave them a good talking-to before the weekend, telling them be on their best behavior, get to bed early for a good night's rest, and have a hearty breakfast before clocking in for work on Saturday and Sunday. But it's not hard to imagine Moon and Billy K running up a hefty bar tab in Berkeley on Sunday night.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Apr 11, 2007 10:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

You did the right thing Bryan... I'm happy to hear that hell is over for you. You are a shining example of what is good here! Fer christs sake you handle should be JobE for what you have been through the last couple years!!! I remember that conversation with Brother Dire, and a few others we've had... Won't get any sappier now, but I am very happy for you and your family! You're a good man... And if anyone ever disputes that, you tell 'em Cush say's you are! And it's late for Arbuthnot, so I will say, Nazdravi for him, and me too...

...Bound to cover just a little more ground...

:)


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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Apr 12, 2007 5:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

Just watching the news this morning about the Duke University rape case....dismissed all charges!! Nothing but a hummer all the way and the kids have to carry the weight for a long time anyhow....well, you did the right thing to get them off your back and get on with your life. Arbuthnot's the best. Enjoy the tunes!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 11, 2007 10:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

Shit Bryan, just read the link you posted in your thread ... didn't catch it the first time around; damn, what a mind-fuck, but now i am doubly and triply glad that it worked out in your favour; and i am once again reminded how those who we pay to be our servants too often end up being our tormentors; you've got my e-mail, write me if you feel like it; best to you ... nazdravi, T.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Apr 12, 2007 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

I had a feeling that things were going to work out for the best for you. Cheers!

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Poster: BlueMtnMan Date: Apr 12, 2007 5:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

Bryan
I woke up this morning to read your post. Thank you for sharing you and your family's horror story. I am glad the nightmare is behind you. I allow that those who sought to do you harm will be brought to face the evils of their creation. Best wishes for starting a new day back in the sunshine.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Apr 11, 2007 11:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Day . . . whew! (Arbuthnot, are you reading this?)

BryanE:
That post just blew away the darkness that occassionally seeps into the Forum. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to provide the back-story to help provide a context for the final result. Great line: "..getting a ticket for allowing my dog to get loose.."
I just looked-up the 10/10 show --- What a wild show!! - had to put on the "Wharf Rat" in honor of your victory...the Good Lord willin'!!! (Phil sounds like he's goin' wild in your honor...)

Thanks again; it's a great night for all your Forum friends, --- AshesRising